Béla Fleck & Tony Rice Tribute reviews

Over at Country Standard Time two reviews of 2021 releases have been published. The Béla Fleck release was one of the years most welcome bluegrass albums while the Barry Waldrep-led tribute features some of Fervor Coulee’s favourites including Rodney Crowell with Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Vince Gill, Darrell Scott, Tammy Rogers, Kim Richey, John Cowan,… Continue reading Béla Fleck & Tony Rice Tribute reviews

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Ancient Fervor Coulee Bluegrass CD reviews, pt 1

Going back in time to post some reviews from the early aughts, the first years of Fervor Coulee, with all of from the Waskaoo Bluegrass Music Society newsletter, That High Lonesome Sound.

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Reissues and Archival Releases of 2020

The Other Stuff: Reissues, Archival, Compilations, Live, Covers & Tributes. Being somewhat ‘stuck in the past’ (at least as far as my definition of roots music goes) I typically have no problem with this category of releases. Often times familiar—that’s the compilations, reissues, and (sometimes) live components—and more often fresh and revealing—that’s the archival, covers,… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Reissues and Archival Releases of 2020

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Bobby Osborne- Original review

My review of Original, Bobby Osborne’s Compass Records album, has been posted to the Country Standard Time website, linked here. It is a good album, but not a great one. There is much to enjoy musically, and Osborne’s voice has lost little of its power. Musically, there is less bluegrass drive throughout this recording, but the… Continue reading Bobby Osborne- Original review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2016

At the end of each year, writers and broadcasters get to indulge themselves and—one hopes—their readers and listeners with their judgements on the year past. I’ve spent substantial time reviewing the roots/Americana/whatever you want to call them, if they are on the No Depression list I might have considered them, and even if they aren’t… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2016

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Reviews recently posted elsewhere

I was asked to contribute some reviews to Lonesome Road Review recently. I am likely writing a little less for LLR and Country Standard Time than I had in the past, but I do find time to get a couple or three done monthly. These days, there is little to no money in freelance writing… Continue reading Reviews recently posted elsewhere

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Recent Roots Americana Reviews

Things have been hopping in the Fervor Coulee Bunker. Several reviews have been posted at the usual sites. Darrell Scott has long been a personal favourite. His latest release is very impressive. My review is up at Country Standard Time. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=5983 Guy Clark passed this week, and I can’t add to the quality of tributes shared… Continue reading Recent Roots Americana Reviews

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Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott Live Album review

Over at the Country Standard Time site, Jeff has posted my review of Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien’s recent live disc, We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This. I think it is a very excellent album. It was recently named Engine 145’s Best Bluegrass Album of 2012 despite not being a bluegrass album in any… Continue reading Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott Live Album review

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Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott- The Power of the Unknown

In 2001, I interviewed Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and wrote about them in the October 2001 edition of That High Lonesome Sound, a local bluegrass society newsletter. While writing about their recent live release We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This for Lonesome Standard Time, I reviewed that… Continue reading Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott- The Power of the Unknown

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Oct 3-4, 2009

After years of searching, I’ve found my people. And they were all with me at the Star Stage at the 9th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Saturday afternoon. I’m still not sure exactly how it happened, but my wife agreed a weekend getaway to San Francisco, a couple… Continue reading Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Oct 3-4, 2009

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